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CIRCLE GAMES

FINNISH CHILDREN PASS A RING AROUND A ROPE; THE PLAYER
IN THE MIDDLE MUST GUESS WHO HAS IT. ALASKAN ESKIMOS
LEARNED RING AROUND THE ROSY FROM MISSIONARIES.
RING AROUND THE ROSY, POCKET FULL OF POSIES MAY HAVE
HAD AN EQUALLY GRISLY BEGINNING (LIKE LONDON BRIDGE).
DURING THE PLAGUES THAT SWEPT EUROPE IN THE MIDDLE
AGES, PEOPLE CARRIED SWEET-SMELLING HERBS AND FLOWERS
AS A SHIELD AGAINST THE DISEASE.

Where learned: "PLAY WORLD SPANS TIME AND SPACE" ; NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SCHOOL BULLETIN ; VOLUME 42 ; NUMBER 15

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Guessing

Date learned: 01-27-1964

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ROMAN BOYS TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO JUMPED ON FRIENDS'
BACKS AND SHOUTED, BUCCA, BUCCA, QUOT SUNT HIC?--'BUCCA,
BUCCA, HOW MANY ARE HERE?' IF THE WOBBLING 'MOUNTS'
COULD GUESS THE NUMBER OF FINGERS THEIR 'RIDERS' HELD UP,
IT WOULD BE THEIR TURN TO JUMP. TODAY, BOYS IN ENGLAND
SHOUT, "BUCK, BUCK, HOW MANY HORNS DO I HOLD UP?" THE
RULES ARE THE SAME.

Where learned: PLAY WORLD SPANS TIME AND SPACE ; NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SCHOOL BULLETIN ; VOLUME 42 ; NUMBER 15

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C535
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Guessing

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